Reports: Raheem Sterling preparing more contract discussions with Manchester City
Raheem Sterling is preparing for more contract discussions with Manchester City, while elsewhere, a contract extension for one of his teammates is set to be finalised soon, according to a well-sourced journalist.
Highly reputable Martin Blackburn of The Sun reports that Raheem Sterling handled his last round of contract negotiations with City by himself, following his separation from long-time agent Aidy Ward last year, but failed to reach a conclusion with the club.
It's reported that the 26-year-old is preparing for more discussions with the Premier League champions in the coming weeks and has put together a team to get it finalised.
It was first reported in April by Matt Hughes and Jack Gaughan of Mail Sport that the senior England international would be setting up his own management company called 16ninetytwo Sports Management Limited and would be conducting talks over a new contract by himself.
In that report, it was revealed that Sterling would use the legal advice provided by Northridge Law to ensure everything is legally sound.
Of course, another high-profile name who conducted contract discussions without an agent, with only the assistance of lawyers, is Kevin De Bruyne, who signed a deal until 2025 in April of this year.
Sterling has two years left to run on his existing deal, but a report from Gaughan at the end of June claimed City were calm about the situation. Further to this was a report from The Athletic's Sam Lee last month, which stated that City were confident a new deal offered to the winger would be enough to keep him.
The forward has not hidden his desire to play in Spain one day, but the dire financial situation Spain's big clubs have found themselves in is likely to mean any potential moves to La Liga are off the table at the moment.
City's #7 lost his place in the starting eleven at the business end of last season but went on to impress for Gareth Southgate's England side at the European Championships in displays reminiscent of his scintillating City form.
Blackburn also reports that John Stones is expected to sign a new deal at the club in the coming weeks following his incredible campaign last term alongside Ruben Dias, which saw the pair included in the PFA Team of the Year.
The 27-year-old, who also starred for England in EURO 2020, currently has a deal that expires next summer.
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